PAI Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between "All Populations l" and "All Populations ll"? Can I just start with any of them?

  • All Populations covers the first 3 tier levels- Fundamentals, Fundamentals 2 and Intermediate. All Populations ll covers the last 2 tiers- Advanced Intermediate and Advanced of the FULL repertoire.
  • You must start with our ONLY Prerequisite which is Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Review. Following that you will ideally start with All Populations Mat l which gives you a great foundation to the rest of the All Populations courses.


How long after the each course can I get certificate of completion?

  • It depends person to person and how much time you have to committ on a weekly basis to your Practice Teaching, Observation and Personal Study Hours. Click here for a breakdown and more information on those hours


Are there any discounts if I were to purchase multiple courses at a time?

  • Yes! If you purchase a minimum of 3 courses you will recieve a 10% discount. This must be paid in full. Click here for a full price list.

Can I do a payment plan?

  • Yes, We do offer payment plans for only the group courses not the private courses. After going over and signing the 'payment plan contract'  the PAI Director of Administration will take your balance and split it up into either 3,6 or 9 month payment plans.

What is the difference between Classical VS Contemporary Pilates?

  • Click Here to read what the creators of Pilates Academy International have to say!

How fast can a student go through the program?

  • When taking the weekday courses in succession or if you are able to train privately you can finish the entire curriculum in 4-6 months

    Does PAI offer job placement?

    • We absolutely LOVE to hire people from our training courses, as they usually fit in perfectly with the essence of what makes Pilates on Fifth, well, Pilates on Fifth.  We can't, however, promise that your schedule will fill up immediately!  Great trainers get booked rather quickly, but hours available, day of week, and ability to give your own schedule "a little time" to fill up all factor in to play.


    What is PAI's opinion on what the average salary of a Pilates instructor is?

    • The average salary is going to vary depending on if the company hires the instructor as an independent contractor OR an employee (meaning they will get a W2, be eligible for benefits, including health insurance, 401K, pre-tax Transit pass, Flexible Spending Account program, etc., and have the employer contribute to Social Security and Medicare.)  THUS, when comparing hourly wages, all of these factors MUST be taken into consideration!  An instructor hired as an independent contractor in NYC will, at first glance, seem to be making around $10 more an hour, BUT, once all the benefits are factored in to the hourly rate of an employee, the pay scale not only evens out, but tips in the employee's favor.  That being said, a new instructor in NYC can expect to make between $25-$45 an hour depending on the above as well as the number of people being taught.

    • New instructors' success in getting their hours up ALSO depends on the instructor's ability to retain client.  The way we see it is that our job is to get clients in the door, and it is the instructor's job to retain them.  We NURTURE our instructors as much as possible, but some absorb more of the information than others.


    What are the requirements to take the PMA exam?

    • You must complete and be certified in Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Review,  All Populations l & ll Mat, Reformer,, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels courses.

      Do I need the Post-Rehabilitation courses to take my PMA exam? 

      • Post-Rehabilitation courses they are NOT required to test out for the PMA exam.... just the advanced material.  However, the Post-Rehab courses will be great for your PMA CEC's!

      Do any hours from my previous teacher training program count towards my PAI eductaion?

      • For most training programs yes. We have a crossover program which consists of scheduling time with a certified instructor to go over all the materials to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for the exams. This all depends person to person and where you are in the previous training. It is best to email [email protected] for more information.

        Can I use Pilates on Fifth for my practice teaching hours?

        • Absolutely!! You are allowed to bring in one person ( for liability reasons ) to the studio for practice teaching. The best hours to avoid are 12pm-2pm and 5pm-8pm. Please call the front desk to make sure there is room.

          What requirements are there to keep my PAI certificate of accomplishment current?

          • You are required to do 6 hours of continuing ed every 2 years.

          What is the recommended level of Pilates/Fitness experience needed prior to starting my Teacher Training?

          • Our students come from all walks of life. Anyone is welcome to start our program regardless of previous professional experience. We do find, however, that students who have both taken Pilates for a while AND have experience teaching get more out of the program.  Students without any Pilates experience may feel behind, and thus we highly recommend at least 20 Pilates sessions, either group or private, so that Pilates principles are not completely new concepts. 


            English is not my first language. Will I have a hard time with the exams?

            • We have had many international students come through our program, and we provide verbal assistance on exams for foreign students for whom English is not their first language. In other words, we can explain each question so the exam will truly test your knowledge of the subject matter NOT test your knowledge of English!


            What do I do if I need a F-1 student status?

            • You have the opportunity to apply through our partnership program with Peridance. They have a 3 month Pilates Mat course program. To maintain a F-1 student status you would have to study full-time for those 3 months. They offer a wide variety of movement classes available from beginner level to advance. Working with other dance forms while studying Pilates will only make you a better Pilates practitioner and teacher!

            ·  Take a look at the Pilates course description at:

            ·  Please contace Isabel Eisen the International Programs Coordinator & Student Advisor.

            ·  Email: [email protected]

            ·  Tel:(212) 505-0886